Would you like to transfer your WordPress website to a different domain? Changing the domain name of your website can have a big impact on your SEO results; as a result, this process requires a great deal of caution and attention to detail. When you migrate your website to a new domain, you may experience some temporary fluctuations in your website’s search engine optimization (SEO). However, there are steps you can take to reduce the severity of these fluctuations and soon restore your search traffic and ranks. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to successfully migrate WordPress to a new domain without sacrificing its search engine optimization (SEO). The following is a rundown of the five steps that we will go over to assist you with moving your WordPress site to a new domain name:
What to Know Before You Change Domains
Before you get started, it is essential that you have an understanding of a few key points. Because Google and the other search engines need time to adapt to the changes, your search engine rankings may temporarily suffer as a result of the process of moving to a new domain. This is because Google and the other search engines will need time to adjust to the changes.
The volume of web traffic that you get may temporarily decrease as a result of this, so be prepared for it. Please keep in mind that this is fairly common and that it is something that will happen to each and every website at some time in the process of migrating to a new domain.
If you follow these recommendations, you will be able to reduce the impact that it has on your SEO efforts to a large degree. We would lead you through the procedures needed to successfully migrate your WordPress site to a new domain name, including how to correctly set up 301 redirects and tell search engines of the change. This will include how to successfully relocate your website.
Please be aware that moving a WordPress site to a new server is not something that can be accomplished with the help of this article. Changing a domain name is the only thing that should be done in this section. Despite the fact that the approach itself is fairly similar in nature, this process requires the completion of a number of additional steps in order to be complete. If you take these additional steps, it will be easier for you to protect both your search engine optimization ranks and your traffic. If your previous web page was hosted on WordPress.com, you would have to move it over to WordPress.org by following the steps outlined in our article that explain how to switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. Last but not least, if your previous website was hosted on WordPress.com, you will need to move it over to WordPress.org.
Pre-Steps: What You Need to Get Started
We are going to proceed under the assumption that you have a WordPress webpage that is presently hosted on oldsite.com and that you are attempting to relocate it to newsite.com for the sake of this tutorial. In addition to this, we are going to presume that you already have a hosting account for WordPress and that you are familiar with the control panel that is associated with the web hosting service that you use. In order to modify files, you will also need to be familiar with how to use an FTP client like FileZilla or the File Manager tool that can be accessed from the dashboard of your hosting account. Both of these tools are required in order for you to be successful. If you do not already have a web hosting service or if you are interested in switching to a different one, read on. As soon as you have all of those things in place, you will be able to start the procedure!
Step 1: Create a Duplicator Package for Your WordPress Site
The first thing you need to do is create a full backup of your WordPress site. We’ll use this backup to create a duplicate of your website, so you can set up the redirects properly from your old domain to the new one. While there are many WordPress backup plugins available, we’ll be using duplicator, which is a free backup and migration plugin. Let’s start by installing and activating the duplicator plugin on your old domain name. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin. Once activated, the plugin will add a Duplicator menu item in your WordPress admin. You need to click on the Duplicator menu and then click on the ‘Create New button to create a new package or copy of your WordPress site. After that, you will be asked to click on the Next button to continue. Duplicator will now run the website duplicator wizard. First, it will run some tests to see if everything is in order. If the plugin finds an issue, then you will see a warning with instructions. If all items are marked ‘Good’, then click on the ‘Build’ button. The plugin will now start creating a duplicator package of your website files. This process may take a few minutes, depending on the size of your site. Once finished, you’ll see download options for the Installer and the Archive package. You need to click on the ‘One-click download’ link to download both files to your computer. The archive file is a complete copy of your WordPress files. It includes your WordPress themes, permalink settings, plugins, uploads, and any other files created by WordPress plugins. The installer script is a PHP file that will automate and run the WordPress migration by unpacking the archive file.
Step 2. Create a Database for Your New Domain Name
To unpack WordPress on your new domain name, you will require a new SQL database. This step must be completed before you can move your WordPress site to the new domain. If you already have a database, then you may skip this step and move on to the next one. Visit the cPanel dashboard associated with your hosting account, scroll down until you reach the area labeled “Databases,” and then click on the icon labeled “MySQL Databases.” This will allow you to establish a database. After giving your database a name, all that is required of you is to click the button labeled “Create Database.”cPanel will now make a new database just for your use. Following that, you will need to scroll all the way down until you reach the MySQL Users area. Next, you will be prompted to provide your new user with a username and password before you are able to click the “Create a user” option. Be sure to write down the login and password and keep them in a secure location. The newly formed user does not yet have access privileges to the database even though you just gave them to them. Let’s make some changes to that. To add a new user to the system, scroll down until you reach the appropriate section. To begin, utilize the dropdown menu located next to the ‘User’ column to select the database user that you just established. After that, choose the brand-new database you just made, and after that, click the Add button. Your information is now prepared to be used in the process of migrating WordPress to the new domain name. Make sure that the database name, username, and password are all written down somewhere safe. The following step will require you to have this available information.
Step 3. Unpack WordPress on Your New Domain Name
The files for Duplicator, which you downloaded earlier, will need to be uploaded to your new domain name at this time. Your WordPress installation is included in the bundle that you purchased of Duplicator. This indicates that there is no requirement for you to install WordPress on your new domain. To begin, use an FTP client to establish a connection to your domain name. After you have successfully connected, check that the parent folder of your webpage is totally devoid of any files or folders. After that, you will be able to upload the files for the Installer and the archive to the root directory, which is typically named public HTML. After the uploading of both files has been completed, you may begin the process of unpacking WordPress.Don’t forget to change example.com to your new domain name in the following sentence. Performing this action will start the migration wizard for the Duplicator. The installation will look for the archive file in the specified location. In order to proceed, you are required to select the box labeled “Terms” and then click the Next button. At this point, the installation would inquire as to whether you would like to configure the data for your WordPress database. It’s likely that localhost will be your host. After that, you will be tasked with entering the particulars of the database that you established for your new domain name in the preceding phase. After you have finished, you can proceed by clicking the “next” button. The WordPress database backup that was archived will now have its contents unpacked by Duplicator and imported into your new database.
The following step will require you to modify either the site’s URL or its path. It should not be necessary for you to make any adjustments because it can automatically determine the new URL of your domain name and its path. In the event that it does not, you will need to modify the URL to reflect your new domain name. After that, you can proceed by clicking the option that says “next.” At this point, Duplicator would complete the migration. To access the WordPress admin area of your website that is hosted on the new domain name, you can do so by clicking on the button labeled “Admin Login.”
Step 4. Set Up Permanent 301 Redirects
The following step is to redirect users that arrive at your site using the old domain name to the new one. Setting up 301 redirects is how this is accomplished. The usage of 301 redirects is very crucial for both search engine optimization and the user experience. If you add them, you’ll be able to instantly route users and search engines to your newly acquired domain name. That is to say. If someone lands on a post or page on your old domain, they will be instantly routed to the identical post or page on your new domain rather than seeing a 404 error message on the page they were on your old domain. You will need to keep your previous WordPress installation active in order for it to continue redirecting traffic to the new one you have just built. This is necessary in order to maintain the integrity of your redirects. There are two different approaches to configuring the redirects. The first approach is straightforward and requires only a few mouse clicks to complete. The manual modification of files is necessary for the second option.
Step 5. Notify Google About Your New Domain
Notifying Google of your move to a new address is the next step after moving WordPress to a new domain name and configuring redirects, which you should now do. This will make it easier for Google to locate your newly purchased website domain and begin including it in search results. Your first order of business is to check and see if your previous domain and your new domain have been added to the Google Search Console under separate property names. Instructions can be found in the first stage of our Google Search Console guide. Next, navigate to the Google Search Console account dashboard where you have your account set up and pick the previous domain name as the active property. After that, select the ‘Settings’ menu from the column on the left, and then select the ‘Change of Address’ tool from the submenu that appears. In this step, you will need to go to the Update Google area, select your new domain there, and then click on the option that says “Validate & Update.” After this, Google will check to ensure that your old domain is properly redirected to the new domain and will then save any changes you’ve made. Your request to modify your address will be processed through a step-by-step tutorial that will appear on the following screen when you access Google Search Console.
Notify Your Users About the New Domain Name
Even though the 301 redirects are doing their job, it is still a good idea to issue a notice about the move to the general public. To accomplish this, all you need to do is create a blog post on your new website and share it on the various social media accounts you have. If you have members to either your email newsletter or your push notification service, then you should also send out an alert to those users. This is useful in a variety of different contexts. After reading about the new domain, your users will have a better chance of remembering it, which is the first and most important benefit. The second option is to get feedback from customers and ask them to report any problems they encounter. You cannot test your website by yourself in all of the various browsers and operating systems that are available. It is usually beneficial to have someone else look at it who is not as familiar with it. We hope that you were able to successfully relocate your WordPress site to a new domain name by following this tutorial. You might also be interested in viewing our article that explains how to get a free email domain, as well as our selection of the top phone services for businesses.
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